Brexit (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, I did not get a chance to finish my question of you earlier, but I am glad I could hear your answers to the Labour Assembly Members because you did mention that after two and a half years people understand the reality of the EU.  The EU is falling apart.  Italian and German banks are nearing the point of collapse.  In France there is civil unrest and protest at some of the measures that the EU has brought in with carbon taxes and so on.  People all across Europe are very unhappy with the EU.


I know that you support a people’s vote.  It is not likely to happen because we are probably going to sail out on WTO rules, which is the best thing for the country, but as the Chairman of the Board of TfL, TfL has allowed some advertisements for the People’s Vote to appear at Westminster Tube Station and other places.  Is it not wrong for TfL to allow such blatantly political advertising on such a sensitive issue?


Supplementary To: 


Brexit (Supplementary) [7]

Brexit (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No.  TfL’s policy is quite clear.  Adverts are not allowed if they promote a party or a political cause or are electioneering.  The advert you refer to does not promote a cause associated with a specific political party.  I wish it did.  I will continue to lobby my party in relation to this issue.


The advertising space was paid for by People’s Vote, which, again, is not associated with a specific political party.  For any of the organisations that you support, as long as they abide by the rules and they provide copy, I am sure TfL and its advertising partners will look at their draft adverts as well.


David Kurten AM:  Thank you, Mr Mayor, but I have the TfL advertising policy here and it also says:


“An advertisement will not be approved if it is likely to cause widespread or serious offence to reasonable members of the public on account of the product or service being advertised.”


These advertisements for the People’s Vote are a gross offence not just to the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU but also to democracy itself.  Should the adverts not be banned on that basis, Mr Mayor?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  All I would say, Chairman, is that I have explained what the TfL policy is.  I also remind in gentle fashion to the Assembly Member that there are far more people in London who voted to remain than voted to leave.